First published in 1989, this 3rd edition, a critical study of Shakespeare, has been revised, updated and expanded with new material, so it is twice the size of the first edition. The section on Shakespearean comedy now includes an essay on Shakespeare's first scintillating experiment in the genre, "The Comedy of Errors", and a study of his most perplexing problem play, "Measure for Measure". A new last chapter,' "Dreaming on things to come" - Shakespeare and the Future of Criticism, reveals how much modern criticism can learn from the appropriation of Shakespeare by Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce.
KIERNAN RYAN is a leading Shakespearean critic with an international reputation. He is Professor of English at Royal Holloway and a Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge. He is the editor of Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts and we will be publishing his major book on the Comedies, and a major study of Joyce in 2002.